IWM North

IWM North
The Quays
Trafford Wharf Road
Manchester
Greater Manchester
M17 1TZ
England

Website

www.iwm.org.uk/visits/iwm-north

E-mail

General Enquiries

iwmnorth@iwm.org.uk

Telephone

General Enquiries

0161 836 4000

Fax

General Enquiries

0161 836 4090

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IWM North
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This multi-award winning IWM North is a great free day out for all ages. Designed by world-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind to represent a globe shattered by conflict, it reveals how war shapes lives through powerful exhibitions, the Big Picture (a 360 degree light and sound show), tours, object handling sessions, and family activities all available daily. Visit the cafe, shop and viewing platform offering views over The Quays.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Open every day, 10.00 - 17.00

Closed December 24-26

Admission charges

Admission free

Getting there

By tram - The nearest Metrolink stations to IWM North are MediaCityUK or Harbour City. Trams run direct from Manchester Piccadilly, Deansgate-Castlefield and St Peter's Square. If you're coming from Oxford Road railway station, you will need to travel on foot to St Peter's Square. Take the Eccles service and alight at MediaCityUK or Harbour City. IWM North is a short walk across the canal by footbridge.

By bus - X50 Manchester Piccadilly to Trafford Centre. This service stops at IWM North. This service runs approximately every 15 minutes.

By car/ coach - Leave the M60 at Junction 9 and join Parkway (A5081) towards Trafford Park. At the first island take the third exit onto Village Way; at the next island take the second exit onto Warren Bruce Road. Turn right at the T-junction onto Trafford Wharf Road. Alternatively, leave the M602 at Junction 3 and follow the signs. Secure parking, including designated parking spaces for people with disabilities, is available for 160 cars. Please note charges apply.

Additional info

Lockers
Locker facilities are available free of charge.

Eating and Drinking
In addition to the WaterShard Café, the Green Room on the ground floor is available for packed lunches.

Toilets
Toilets are situated on the Ground Floor next to the Shop and include accessible toilets.

Shopping at IWM North
IWM North's Shop provides a wide range of books, CDs, DVDs, clothing and accessories, posters and stationary, souvenirs and gift ideas.

For our younger visitors we have an exciting range of games, toys and souvenirs as well as a selection of children's books. There are also educational resource materials and children's activity books on sale.

The Museum charts world events from 1900 to the present day, examining war and its effect on people and places; from photographs to film, artefacts, weapons and souvenirs the entire experience of war is explored.

Collection details

Aviation, Maritime, Social History, Weapons and War

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Gerry Judah's The Crusader

The Crusader by Gerry Judah

  • 6 November 2010 — 31 March 2015 *on now

Gerry Judah’s striking sculpture on the impact of war and conflict is the first exhibit you will see on entering our Main Exhibition Space.

The Crusader, created by renowned contemporary artist Gerry Judah, is a seven-metre-high, three-dimensional structure covered with a web of war-torn buildings.

This specially commissioned piece is Judah’s own reaction to our themes and architecture. It reflects on modern-day wars, but also resonates with the history of world conflict, making a powerful and thought-provoking statement about the devastating effect of war on our lives.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free.

Website

http://www.iwm.org.uk/exhibitions/iwm-north/the-crusader-by-gerry-judah

Visitors guess the smells of the Trench

Action Stations: The Interactive Timeline

  • 5 March 2013 — 5 March 2015 *on now

Visit the interactive family Action Stations around the gallery with activities such as exploring the smells and creatures of the First World War trench or revealing the power of the poster during wartime

Suitable for

  • Any age
IWM_Q28392: Female glass worker carrying a tube of rolled glass at Pilkington Glass Ltd., St Helen’s, 1918. The company still exists today

Women in Industry in the First World War

  • 17 January — 28 September 2014 *on now

Marking the start of the First World War Centenary at IWM North, six images from IWM’s unrivalled Photography Collection, displayed in huge five metre high frames outside IWM North, explore the role of women in the north of England. The images, taken by official war office photographer GP Lewis reflect one of the most significant changes to society which resulted from the conflict. Scenes range from heavy labour in a glass factory in Lancashire to skilled tyre manufacturing in Manchester.

Website

http://www.iwm.org.uk/exhibitions/iwm-north/women-and-industry-in-the-first-world-war

SARC volunteers undertaking first aid training in an underground tunnel, 20 January 2012.

Syria: Humanity in Conflict

  • 8 February — 14 September 2014 *on now

Created in partnership with the British Red Cross, this small but powerful photographic display explores the experiences of civilians in Syria since the outbreak of conflict, three years since the start of the Arab Spring in early 2011.

The photographs were taken by award winning Syrian - Italian photographer Ibrahim Malla. Malla is currently working in and around Syria for the International Federation of the Red Cross. This free display contains his most recent work. Malla has previously photographed many humanitarian crises. He has exhibited in Syria, Italy, Madrid, Paris, London, China and Germany and won six international awards during his career.

Website

http://www.iwm.org.uk/exhibitions/iwm-north/syria-humanity-in-conflict

A group of women wave their arms cheerfully in the air as they stand outside the glucose factory of Messrs Nicholls, Nagel and Co Ltd in Trafford Park, Lancashire.

From Street to Trench: A War that Shaped a Region

  • 5 April 2014 — 31 May 2015 *on now

This is the largest exhibition ever created exploring the North West of England during the First World War. 100 years after the outbreak of the First World War, IWM North unveils extraordinary and surprising personal stories - with objects never before on public display - revealing the region’s role in a global conflict.

Discover how the society we live in today was born out of the rapid changes that resulted from the First World War. The exhibition illustrates how a region was shaped by the conflict and how the people of that region played a significant role in global events.

Founded in 1917 to mark the sacrifices made by civilians and soldiers alike, IWM is a world leading authority on the First World War. This will be IWM’s first major exhibition marking the centenary in 2014.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
IWM North Exterior

Reactions 14: Vertical Echoes by Bill Fontana

  • 1 May — 21 September 2014

The major art installation – Vertical Echoes - has been created by internationally renowned composer and sound artist Bill Fontana. Fontana, who has a reputation for his pioneering experiments in sound, has worked on projects around the world including the Millennium Bridge and Tate Modern.

The Vertical Echoes installation is part of Reactions14 - a major season of high-quality artworks and live performances specially commissioned to mark the First World War. The dramatic First World War sounds of a Sopwith Camel Biplane and an artillery field gun will rise and fall as visitors enter IWM North through the 55m high AirShard - one of three shards that form the building’s unique design representing a globe shattered by conflict.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Men look through a periscope in a dug out trench

A Closer Look: From Street to Trench

  • 5 April 2014 — 30 April 2016 *on now

Find out what life was like in the North West of England during the First World War, in this 20 minute walk and talk of the special exhibition From Street To Trench: A World War That Shaped A Region.

Read the diary of a Bolton man who survived a Zeppelin raid over the town in 1916, and take a closer look at the painting of a Manchester munitions factory by war artist Anna Airy. Hear the story of incredible local people such as Victor Brookes, who was awarded an Albert Medal for his part in a remarkable life-saving operation in 1918.

Meet at the Tour Point in the Main Exhibition Space.

Please note: This tour will occur daily from the 5th - 30th April at 15:30 but also at 14:15 on selected dates. Please check website for details.
http://www.iwm.org.uk/events/iwm-north

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • 11-13

Website

http://www.iwm.org.uk/events/iwm-north

A child drawing

How we Learned: The 1914 Classroom

  • 19 April 2014 From 12:30pm, From 1:30pm, From 3:30pm
  • 20 April 2014 From 12:30pm, From 1:30pm, From 3:30pm
  • 21 April 2014 From 12:30pm, From 1:30pm, From 3:30pm

Do you know the three R’s, can you recite the national anthem and do you know which countries were part of the British Empire 100 years ago? Why not take a lesson 1914 style, under the tutorage of Mrs Milicent Fawcett, as you learn how school children dressed, ate, learnt and were kept in check in the Edwardian era.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • Any age

Website

http://www.iwm.org.uk/events/iwm-north/how-we-learned-the-1914-classroom

Plane

Reactions 14: Bill Fontana In Conversation

  • 1 May 2014 7-8:30pm

The Vertical Echoes installation harnesses the dramatic First World War sounds of a Sopwith Camel Biplane and an artillery field gun – which will rise and fall within IWM North’s 55m high AirShard as visitors enter. The specially commissioned piece is part of IWM North’s Reactions14 programme of events to mark the First World War Centenary.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£8.00, Booking required. Tickets released 3 April.

Plane

Open Studio: Chocks Away

  • 3 — 5 May 2014

Be inspired by objects on display and create your own pilot puppet, including a Royal Flying Corps badge. Then follow the new First World War themed family trail to explore personal stories, including that of First World War RAF Captain Albert Ball who was awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery. These workshops will run at 11:00-12:30 and 14:00-15:30.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Billy’s Evacuation Adventure

  • 3 — 5 May 2014
  • 10 — 11 May 2014 10:30-11am
  • 17 — 18 May 2014 10:30-11am

Discover the tale of our charming rag doll character Billy, a young boy from Salford who was evacuated to the countryside during the Second World War

Suitable for

  • Any age
Photograph of children salvaging valuable waste at one of their own depots somewhere in Buckinghamshire.

Abdul and Ali’s First World War

  • 3 — 5 May 2014
  • 10 — 11 May 2014 1:30-2pm
  • 17 — 18 May 2014 1:30-2pm
  • 24 — 30 May 2014

Meet puppet characters Abdul and Ali, brothers from India who bravely fight for Britain in the First World War. As one brother serves in the scorching heat of the desert, the other takes on the muddy surroundings of the trenches. Their paths lead them miles apart but exchanging letters keeps them close at heart.

Suitable for

  • Any age
photograph of wounded soldier on battlefield

Family First Aid Skills

  • 10 — 11 May 2014 11am-3:30pm
  • 17 — 18 May 2014 11am-3:30pm

Learn basic first aid skills in special family friendly sessions for all ages. Discover the Red Cross at work almost 100 years ago during the First World War in a huge oil painting by official war artist Gilbert Rogers, on display. No booking required. Workshops will run at: 11:00-12.30 and 14:00-15:00.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Your Country Needs You poster

Perspectives14: Resistance

  • 11 May 2014 2:30-3:30pm

Ahead of International Conscientious Objector Day, discover more about those who resisted the call to action in the First World War and the consequences they faced.

We will discuss the story of an English community’s opposition to the Great War, will share new thoughts on communities of resistance in Britain during the conflict. We will also look beyond the wartime propaganda to explore German resistance to the war. There will be a Q and A session at the end of the talk.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Booking required.

Ballet shoes

Reactions14: Second Breath with English National Ballet

  • 17 May 2014 6:30-10pm

English National Ballet perform Second Breath, by award-winning, internationally acclaimed British choreographer Russell Maliphant. The evening is part of Reactions14 - a major season of high-quality artworks and live performances specially commissioned by Imperial War Museum North to mark the First World War Centenary.

Don’t miss this one off opportunity to delve deeper in to the historic inspirations behind the piece, through tours, film, music and conversations. Part of Museums at Night.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£10.00, Booking required. Tickets released 3 April.

War pigeon

Spot the Pigeon

  • 24 May 2014 12:15-2:45pm

Will you spot one of these specially invited characters as you explore the building? Inspired by the stories of real life pigeon message carriers from the First World War the giant pigeons will be strutting their stuff and you can pick up out fascinating facts about the roles amazing animals during wartime. This activity will run at: 12.15, 1.15 and 2.15.

Suitable for

  • Any age
A young girl, her hair tied with ribbon, holds a large stick as she drives the cows into the farmyard for milking. The original caption describes this as "A little school girl’s holiday work".

Animal Antics

  • 24 — 31 May 2014

Learn about the roles of brave and surprising creatures during war time. Hear stories of their special skills and become an amazing animal at our mobile dressing up station.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Men of the Royal Scots Greys ride their horses on a road at Brimeux. A windmill can be seen across the fields behind them.
The Royal Scots Greys by on the road at Brimeaux, 25 May 1918.

Amazing Animals Week

  • 24 — 29 May 2014
  • 31 May 2014 11am-3:30pm

Discover incredible stories of animals during war time, from message carrying pigeons to strong horses and brave rescue dogs. Get crafty and make your own creature to take home. Workshops will run at: 11:00-12.30 and 14:00-15:30.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Men of the Royal Scots Greys ride their horses on a road at Brimeux. A windmill can be seen across the fields behind them.
The Royal Scots Greys by on the road at Brimeaux, 25 May 1918.

A Horse’s Tale

  • 29 May 2014 11:15am-2:45pm

Special family friendly performances dramatizing the work of horses that served in the First World War. As told through the eyes of a member of the Women’s Remount Section, who were responsible for training horses for their new lives on the frontline. the show will run at: 11:15, 12:15, 13:15 and 14:15.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+

Meet the Author: A Dog in No Man’s Land

  • 30 May 2014 11am-3:30pm

Be the first to buy a signed copy of the exciting new book, A Dog in No Man’s Land, before it hits the shops in June. Get your book signed by the author Damian Kelleher and learn about other real life dogs at war. Pick your favourite to draw and frame your pooch portrait by designing your own unique scratch art frame to display it in. This session will run at: 11:00-12.30 and 14:00-15:30.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

The Big Picture Show

http://www.iwm.org.uk/exhibitions/iwm-north/big-picture-show

The award-winning Big Picture Show is a 360° audio-visual experience and a unique way for visitors to access the Museum’s world-renowned collections of photography, art and sound. Themed shows run throughout the day.

Visitors find out more about the stories behind the objects

TimeStack Handling Sessions

We open up our collections in these themed 20-minute object-handling sessions. Join staff for an opportunity to handle items from the TimeStack and discover the stories behind the artefacts. Daily at 12.30pm.

Getting there

By tram - The nearest Metrolink stations to IWM North are MediaCityUK or Harbour City. Trams run direct from Manchester Piccadilly, Deansgate-Castlefield and St Peter's Square. If you're coming from Oxford Road railway station, you will need to travel on foot to St Peter's Square. Take the Eccles service and alight at MediaCityUK or Harbour City. IWM North is a short walk across the canal by footbridge.

By bus - X50 Manchester Piccadilly to Trafford Centre. This service stops at IWM North. This service runs approximately every 15 minutes.

By car/ coach - Leave the M60 at Junction 9 and join Parkway (A5081) towards Trafford Park. At the first island take the third exit onto Village Way; at the next island take the second exit onto Warren Bruce Road. Turn right at the T-junction onto Trafford Wharf Road. Alternatively, leave the M602 at Junction 3 and follow the signs. Secure parking, including designated parking spaces for people with disabilities, is available for 160 cars. Please note charges apply.

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